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Canucks’ Jannik Hansen OK despite collapsing on bench

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

NHL.com's Kevin Woodley needs to explain this before you see it:

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen left the game after collapsing briefly on the bench shortly after taking a hit early in the second period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Hansen was conscious and on his feet moments later but had to be helped to the locker room by medical staff.

CBC reported that Hansen was being observed in the Canucks dressing room and was not taken to a hospital. It later said he was walking to the Canucks' workout room.

Hansen took a hit from Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in the corner and was hunched over as he skated straight off. He remained hunched over as he sat on the bench while play continued, then slumped forward, his body appearing to go limp as teammates caught him and banged their sticks on the boards to get the attention of referees, who stopped play while medical staff rushed out from behind the Canucks net.

Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake was the one who reported that Hansen was walking on his own, but, via Yahoo Sports' Josh Cooper, that's pretty damn amazing:

I can only make a speculative and educated guess here: if Hansen was concussed or otherwise "had his bell rung" by the Wideman hit, it could've taken some time for his body to process that reaction and wooziness to hit.


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  Tags: calgary+flames, dennis+wideman, jannik+hansen, vancouver+canucks

Cox, Friedman dish NCAA-to-CHL rumors, diving chatter, trade talk and more

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This Saturday, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman got six minutes' worth of time to discuss hockey headlines, and they stated that:

  • Boston University forward and top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel may or may not bolt from NCAA hockey to join a Canadian Hockey League team, with the Saint John Sea Dogs owning his rights. Cox points out that Charlie Coyle, Adam Tambellini and Sonny Milano have all committed to NCAA teams and then joined CHL teams instead, so it is possible that Eichel may be on the move after he plays for Team USA at the World Junior Championships--and BC goalie Thatcher Demko might also exit stage CHL;

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  Tags: boston+bruins, dallas+eakins, doug+armstrong, edmonton+oilers, jack+eichel, james+neal, mike+fisher, nashville+predators, reilly+smith, st.+louis+blues, tj+oshie, torey+krug, toronto+maple+leafs

AHL Scoring Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last week I wrote about the AHL scoring race.  Charles Hudon of the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate) had taken over the scoring lead.  His lead didn't last long.  There is a new scoring leader in Brian O'Neill of the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate).  He has 35 points and has a three point lead over teammate Nick Shore and a four point lead over Hudon.  O'Neill scored nine points in two games this week to take the scoring lead.

He is an undrafted 26 year old.  He played in the NCAA for four years at Yale University before coming to the AHL. He is in his third full season in the league.  His offence has continually increased in that time.  He went from 15 points in his rookie year to 47 points last season.  He has made a significant jump this season.  The fact he hasn't been able to score at a league leading rate in the past and scored more than a quarter of his points this season in two games implies that his scoring lead probably will not last.  He does have a bigger scoring lead than any other player has achieved so far this season.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The three main topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disusseed were the mumps, sort of, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

Hockey Talk On The Saturday Before Christmas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If I’m MacTavish, I don’t hire a coach so quickly. I wait to see what happens in St. Louis or San Jose come playoff time. Both Ken Hitchcock and Todd McLellan, if available, would be fascinating candidates for the Oilers job.

- Of the 16 defencemen drafted before P.K. Subban in 2007, the list includes: Alex Plante, Nick Ross, Nick Petrecki, Taylor Ellington, Tommy Cross, Josh Godfrey and Kevin Marshall. Combined NHL games played: 21. Combined NHL points: Two.

- More than one NHL GM laughs about all the hot news about hockey analytics. “We’ve been doing a lot of this stuff since the mid-’80s,” said a GM. “So have most teams. I don’t know what everyone is so excited about.”


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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Hit On Marian Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.

Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.

Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.


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  Tags: marian+gaborik, oliver+ekman-larsson

From the Dub: Pooh for Short

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Twitter is exploding today with news that Derrick Pouliot has been called up by the Penguins for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. His path to the NHL has come full circle: chosen first overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Derrick was the first player Mike Johnston drafted as General Manager of the Portland Winterhawks. Judging from Twitter alone, Portland fans who had plans tonight are either canceling them or preparing to multi-task as we look forward to the professional debut of a former Winterhawk who will always be a fan favorite. In honor of Derrick’s NHL debut, kindly allow me to introduce you to the young man Portland just calls Pooh for short.

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The Magic Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Forty-one victories. That’s the target.

Because even as the loser’s point and the three-point game have combined to produce the appearance of convoluted standings, the number under the “W” column doesn’t mislead.

And since the introduction of the shootout, the loser’s point and the three-point game in 2005-06, 135 of the 149 teams to win at least half of their games have made the playoffs.

In the East, it’s 65 out of 71, 36 out of 37 over the past five years, and 28 of 28 in the past four full, 82-game seasons, including all seven last year following realignment.

As of Saturday morning, seven teams in the East and nine in the West had won at least half of their games.

more topics including Theo Fleury and the Calgary Flames...

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The Falling Ruble And The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America.

As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, who walked out on lucrative NHL deals to return home.

Then came the crash of the ruble this week.

The financial crisis has threatened the plans of players like former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Curtis Sanford, who came to Russia to save for his retirement.

"It's just really happened all of a sudden," the 35-year-old Sanford told The Associated Press. "These are some things that you don't expect when you sign a contract. Right now, you just have to ride the rolls of how it's going and hopefully it stabilizes and gets better."


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  Tags: khl

Practice post: Red Wings shuffle lines amidst offensive drought; Weiss, Howard out for the weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 4:42 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings' Saturday practice was rather uneventful.

The Wings made their recall of Tom McCollum official as Jimmy Howard's "lower-body injury" will keep him out for the weekend, MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Stephen Weiss will remain on the IR as he's not ready to return from his shoulder injury, and regarding Howard's future status...

The Wings welcome the Avs to town tomorrow (6 PM EST on FSD), and the Avalanche are playing Tuesday's opponent, the Buffalo Sabres, this evening.

The Free Press's Helene St. James either posted a light moment at practice or a metaphor for the Wings' 5-game losing streak, too:

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